VW may introduce midsize pickup concept at New York auto show
According to an Automotive News report, German automaker Volkswagen (VW) is likely to unveil a midsize pickup concept at the New York auto show this week. The move will mark VW’s potential foray into the midsize truck segment.
As per the report, based on the information shared by unidentified sources familiar with the developments at Volkawagen, the midsize pickup to be introduced by VW will be a U.S.-built truck, which will be manufactured at the automaker’s assembly plant in Tennessee.
The report has also revealed that the VW midsize pickup will apparently be a five-seat derivative of the Atlas large crossover. Similar to the Atlas, it will also be built off the automaker’s highly scalable MQB architecture, and will chiefly compete with rivals like the Honda Ridgeline in the increasingly competitive midsize pickup segment.
Going by the Automotive News sources, if the midsize pickup garners positive reviews at the auto show, VW may commence the production of the vehicle at its Tennessee assembly plant in the near future.
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